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Scooter's Restaurant and Sports Bar coming to Sandy

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Scott Detweiler hopes to open the bar by early April

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Melissa Popp and Scott 'Scooter' Detweiler have been together for 11 years, and this is their first real family dining endeavor. Scott Detweiler, a longtime Damascus businessman and frequent flipper of restaurants, said he's taking a different approach with Scooter's Restaurant and Sports Bar, the business he plans to open soon in the former One World Chinese Buffet space at 36641 Highway 26.

Scooter's, he maintains, will be a family establishment — in its ownership and its practice. Even the name of the business refers to a family nickname Scott's father gave him.

"I've done beer places," he says of his decision to expand the appeal of his new business. "Now that we have a family, it's different."

He plans to open Scooter's on Saturday, April 1.

Melissa Popp, Detweiler's girlfriend of 11 years, will manage the restaurant while he maintains his other business, Budget Heating and Cooling in Damascus. Scott Van Schoick, a friend of Detweiler's for 17 years and former chef at Portland's Riverside Golf and Country Club, will be king of the kitchen, adding more to the family vibe of the business.

Unlike many of the family's prior projects, they have no intention of renovating and reselling — the Detweilers and their friends are here to stay.

To show appreciation to the community they're catering to, Detweiler, Popp and Van Schoick plan to use mostly local ingredients in their American-style cuisine, making their house chicken and waffles with fresh — never frozen — meat.

"I think this town is really growing," the Damascus resident said of his interest in the new space. "We've been coming out (to Sandy) the past eight months, and landed here."

Detweiler hopes to fill a niche in Sandy, bringing another option for family dining and "upscale food" at "affordable prices."

Popp says it was more than just the business potential that appealed to her.

"I'm excited about more of a small-town feel," she explains. "It's really pretty out here. It's really unique."

In keeping with the local theme, Detweiler plans to offer games of regional sports teams, such as the Portland Timbers, for diners to enjoy, along with the NFL Sunday Ticket satellite TV sports package.

Though Scooter's will be a sports bar, it will open later and close earlier than most, and the restaurant will feature a children's playroom.

"It's not a power-drinking kind of bar," Detweiler says. "It's a family sports bar."